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Former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello announces retirement after 12 MLB seasons

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Right-handed starting pitcher Rick Porcello hasn’t played in the majors since 2020, but confirmed this on Monday morning at Boston WEEI (via MLB trade rumors) that he is officially retired.

While Porcello’s performance in his last two seasons (5.55 ERA, 1.42 WHIP over 44 starts combined) didn’t bode well for his chances of staying in the rotation for long in the coming years, he could certainly find a job if he looked for it. . After all, he was only 31 years old in 2020 and we’ve seen older pitchers with the worst track record.

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Porcello, now 33, earned more than $128 million in his MLB career after being drafted in the first round of high school by the Tigers in 2007. He made his debut for the Tigers at the age of 20 in April 2009, finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting that season. He spent six years with the Tigers, five with the Red Sox, and one with the Mets.

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Porcello’s career season came in 2016 when he was 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA (142 ERA+), 1.01 BOOK and 189 strikeouts against 32 walks in 223 innings. He posted 4.7 WAR. He won Cy Young that season despite Justin Verlander receiving 14 first-place votes compared to Porcello’s eight.

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Another highlight of Porcello’s career is his participation in the 2018 Red Sox rotation, which won 108 games and has never been eliminated by winning the World Series. He had a 3.52 ERA in 15 1/3 innings that postseason, including 4 2/3 innings in Game 3 of the World Series in which he gave up only one try on three hits, hitting five.

Porcello retires with a 150–125 record, 4.40 ERA (99 ERA+), and 1.32 BOOK over 12 MLB seasons. He hit 1,561 strikeouts in 2,096 1/3 innings. Perhaps his biggest calling card was injury avoidance. Porcello was a soldier who took the mound every fifth day throughout his career. He made at least 27 starts every season – at least 31 times in eight of 11 years – until his last, which was his 60th game in 2020. In the same year, he also made his 12 starts.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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